Morgan enjoys 'impact' night at Greenville-Pickens. Gene Morgan has been trying for weeks to make a bigger impact in the Late Model Stock division at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and Saturday night everything came together. "We've been having...
Morgan enjoys 'impact' night at Greenville-Pickens.
Gene Morgan has been trying for weeks to make a bigger impact in the Late Model Stock division at Greenville-Pickens Speedway, and Saturday night everything came together.
"We've been having a lot of engine problems," Morgan said after leading from start to finish to win the double-points main event. "We had engine problems last week and weren't even aware we were having them. But tonight the crew worked hard to get the car handling well, and the engine ran real well."
The victory, and current points leader Marty Ward's fourth-place finish wasn't enough for Morgan to take over first place, since he was 50 points behind. Morgan trails by 38 points, 840 to 802, but good finishes in next week's twin main events could help make more impact.
Morgan was the last car to qualify and grabbed the pole away from Toby Porter, and when the green flag flew in the main event, his inside position was enough to take the lead. Porter dropped into second and stayed there for the whole race, while Ward was third for much of the race before dropping back to fourth when Tyler Bob Mangum managed to get by. R.A. Brown was the fifth-place finisher.
Brian Conner was sixth, followed by Dennis Southerlin, and Brandon McCarson was eighth. Kevin McCarson finished ninth, and Richie Croley took 10th.
In the Super Stock main event, C.M. Knight led from start to finish, with Robin Darnell taking second. From there on back, the results were scrambled due to a last-lap accident which left Robby Robbins taking third and points leader Greg Dodgens taking fourth. Ken Guthrie was the fifth-place finisher.
Going into the race, Robbins was 14 points behind Dodgens, and gained four by finishing one position ahead.
William "Red" Ables was the winner in the Street Stock division, with Tim Sams taking second and Stanley Pressley was third. Chris Meinders took fourth, fifth was Jimmy Mann, Jr., and Travis Allen rounded out the field.
Nathan Bagwell was the winner in the Charger One race, moving up from fifth starting spot, and Jamie Passmore came all the way from ninth to take second. Joel Cox was third, followed by Ed Hodges and Debbie Brannon.
Shane Gentry captured the Charger Two race, with Jason Morrow in second and Charles "Chuckie" Greer in third. Roger Knight was fourth, and Eddie Trammell was fifth.
NEXT RACE: Saturday, August 3, 2002: ARCTIC NIGHT AT THE RACES, featuring Late Model TWIN 25 lap feature events, with additional action scheduled for the Super Stock, Street Stock, and Charger divisions. Gates open at 4, with the first race set to roll at 8pm. For more information, call the speedway office at (864)269-0852.